St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s (Registered Charity 1114809) fundraises for repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community venue for use by all.

Since 2006 the Friends has raised over £50,000 for such work, but more fundraising is needed to help get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

Notes from the Friends AGM, 2019

The AGM was held on 31st October 2019 at the Church. . After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £20,389, net profit from events was £500, income from subscriptions,sponsorship and donations received was £1319, […]

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‘Folk Music in East Anglia’ – report

This was Bill Tamblyn’s pet subject of course, as he teaches folk music courses and collects songs too. This was held on 17th September and although only a dozen people came, they were mostly from outside the parish but were interested in the subject.

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December event: Peldon Village Carols

This Peldon tradition didn’t happen last year. Let’s revive it this year ! . Meet at PWCH car park at 6.30 pm. on Tuesday 17th December for some carol singing around the village. Refreshments afterwards at the church. . Bill has the song sheets, all you need is some warm clothes and a torch!

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November event: ‘Storm along! Roll along!

A blockbuster Shanty Night on Saturday 16th November, with: . ‘The Hoolies’ – shanty crew from Wivenhoe . Bob Needham – Colchester Town Crier and shanty man . Quire – Colchester World Music Choir . Elaine Barker – Storyteller . . Bring a song! Bring your voices! The bar will be open – of course! […]

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Friends AGM, 2019 – NEW DATE

Dear Member of the Friends, The AGM scheduled for Wednesday 30th October had to be abandoned because there was not a quorum. It has now been moved to: Wednesday 13th November, at St. Mary’s church, Peldon, starting at 7.30pm The Agenda is confirmed as: Approval of the Minutes of the 2018 AGM, Matters Arising, Financial […]

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Some events for the Autumn

Folk Music in East Anglia Tuesday 17th September, 7.30pm at St. Mary’s. Harvest Supper Saturday 28th September, 7pm at St. Mary’s. Friends AGM Saturday 30th October, 7.30pm at St. Mary’s. Shanty Night Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm at Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall.

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‘Music for a Summer Evening’ – report

The Elite Quartet The Beaufort Ensemble Octavia (Quire) Elaine Barker Wednesday 17th July A delightful concert with light music for Strings by Karl Jenkins, Percy Grainger and Piazzola; wind music by Gerschwin, Irving Berlin and Freddie Mercury; and Octavia’s usual blend of songs from Africa, Europe, and a couple of Tamblyn originals. Elaine Barker presented […]

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Church Open Tower & afternoon teas

Sunday 11th August, 1.30 to 4.30pm. Ascend 88 steps for stupendous views ! Admission: £2.50 adults, £1 children. Also on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 22nd September.

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